Patchogue’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back after two-year absence


She’s back! Finally.

The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce confirmed to that Patchogue’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will make its long-awaited return to Main Street.

David Kennedy, executive director of the chamber, told Greater Patchogue that the parade is set for noon on March 20.

The uber-popular event, run by the village’s Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Cultural Heritage Committee of the Greater Patchogue Foundation, was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

“The cancellation of the parade two years ago was what we drew as the beginning of all this,” Kennedy said, noting that it was in early March 2020 the pandemic started to affect the New York area. “This year’s parade coming in early spring is going to be the sign that maybe we can put this COVID pandemic behind us and get back to where we left off.”

Prior to the parade on March 20, the annual “May the Road Ride to Meet Yee” two-mile run/walk will start at 11 a.m. at the BrickHouse Brewery and Restaurant.

The first 300 participants to register will receive a tech tee and every racer aged 21 and above will get a free beer.

You can also dress up as the “Most Irish Looking” for a chance to win $100.

Click here to register for the road race.

As was going to be two years ago, Dennis Smith remains the Grand Marshall for the parade and will finally receive the proper recognition, Kennedy said.

Smith runs the Patchogue Business Improvement District and works as the village’s as its special projects coordinator. He has overseen Patchogue’s much-applauded, village-wide parks overhaul.

Here are some other details you’ll want to know ahead of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 20:

  • The parade route runs west along Main Street, from the intersection of Route 112 and East Main Street to West Main Street and West Avenue.
  • The street will be closed starting at 11 a.m., until 2 p.m.
  • The run/walk begins on Main Street just west of the BrickHouse and participants will proceed a half-mile east, staying on the north side of the road before the turnaround that will be positioned right before Route 112.
  • Runners and walkers proceed west on Main St. staying on the south side of the road, and then make a right onto West Avenue.

In the coming weeks before the parade date, Kennedy added, the village plans to host a fundraising gathering at James Joyce to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. It will be an early-afternoon fundraiser. There will also be the annual Irish Soda Bread contest, which is open to the public.

For more information, or if your business or organization would like to participate in the parade, call 631.207.1000.

Any other questions regarding the race or parade, visit or contact the Patchogue Parks and Recreations Department at 631.475.4302.

Top: Scenes from Patchogue’s 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo by Ethan Meyer of That Guy Event Photo + Design

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